Uh-Oh

By Dr. Jim Ferguson You know you’re in trouble when you wake up in the middle of the night and say to yourself, “I’m going to be sick.” I’m not talking about over indulgence and a spinning bed after a New Year’s celebration.  I learned a new word for such debauchery. Crapulous comes from Latin […]

Tennessee’s Search for an Athletics Director Continues

By Alex Norman Vols fans frustration at the current state of its athletic program reached such a high point last week that incredibly, the University of Tennessee actually said something publicly about the search for a new Athletics Director. This is incredible because since Dave Hart announced that he would be retiring *cough he’s really […]

There’s hope on the horizon for Lady Vols basketball

By Steve Williams The once-great Tennessee women’s basketball program has been sinking the past season and a half. Every now and then we hear a gurgle. But last week she made a splash. The 71-69 come-from-behind win over No. 6 ranked Notre Dame at fired up Thompson-Boling Arena again showed us the Lady Vols are […]

Silver Springs has changed

By Mike Steely Silver Springs, Florida, is about eight hours south of Knoxville and a long day’s drive. There’re lots of places to stop to eat or stretch along the way. Once you get through the nightmare known as Atlanta traffic the drive becomes pretty routine. If you haven’t been to Silver Springs in the […]

The Basics Involved in the Foreclosure Process

By Jedidiah McKeehan A foreclosure is what occurs when a homeowner stops making their monthly mortgage payments on their residence.  When a bank provides a loan to someone to purchase a home, they require that the homeowner sign documentation allowing the bank to take the house if the mortgage payments are not made.   Typically, […]

Alexander Shines in Committee Hearings

Alexander Shines in Committee Hearings

By Steve Hunley Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Chairman of the U. S. Senate’s Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) had the task of holding hearings on the nomination of President Donald Trump’s nominee to serve as U. S. Secretary of Education.  As expected, the Betsy DeVos nomination quickly became a partisan brawl, […]

Ray Blanton, Part 5

Ray Blanton, Part 5

By Ray Hill Ray Blanton had achieved his long sought after goal of winning statewide office in Tennessee with his victory in the 1974 general election. Blanton had defeated Republican Lamar Alexander decisively in winning the governorship. Ray Blanton had always campaigned as a populist, putting together a coalition that encompassed traditional Democratic voting blocs. […]

Irrelevant and Desperate

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Two thousand years ago, the procurator of Judea, Pontius Pilate, asked Jesus, “What is truth?” Jesus was on trial for treason, a capitol offense under the Roman occupation of the area they called Palestine. Was Pilate’s interrogative that of a district attorney’s probing of an accused individual? Was Pilate merely being […]

‘Turn out the lights, the party’s over’ for Alabama

By Steve Williams Clemson and Alabama literally put the 2016 college football season to bed last Monday night. Actually it was Tuesday morning, a few minutes past midnight, when Deshaun Watson threw the game-winning touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow with only one second left on the clock in the Tigers’ 35-31 come-from-behind victory. As I […]

Alabama loses…. Tennessee and the nation rejoice

By Alex Norman Schadenfreude: Pleasure derived by someone from another person’s misfortune. There was a lot of schadenfreude taking place last week in Knoxville and… well, just about everywhere in the world of college football. When Alabama fell to Clemson 35-31 in the national championship game, it set off wild celebrations in South Carolina of […]